Myths and Paths

CrazyBunnyWhen I was a child, I grew up with two parents . . .one identified as a practicing Methodist….the other a practicing Catholic. I also witnessed a great deal of dysfunction. To say that there was a great deal of mixed messages and religious confusion, would be an understatement.

Like many other children of my era, I was also taught to believe in The Tooth Fairy; The Sand Man; The Boogie Man; Santa Clause, and The Easter Bunny, – along with the Golly Green Giant and the belief that cheese was spelled K-R-A-F-T.

As I got older, each of the mythical beings were poofed away, and it would be increasingly more difficult for me to have a belief in a “God” or a “Jesus”.

In my own life experiences, as an adult, there was a great deal of judgment and shaming of behaviors and a million unanswered “prayers”, that left me with a belief that I was not worthy of good things/right things/a happy life – clearly I had so many sins in the “con” column – I was simply doomed.

Well . . . that was all a downer right? And surely you are sayin’ – “what is the point of this over-sharing Delia?”

Here is the point: I’ve done a great deal of growing and learning since I was a child and since I was 23 y.o., and became aware of all that “stuff”.

Today, without a lot more story, I believe in the divinity within us all. I believe, that each person walks a path in life, that is right for them. It is never my job to judge a persons path, it is instead my job to discern weather I want to walk along side them.

MOSTLY, I believe that a path that includes Intention, provides me with a trajectory to follow. Intention allows me self-responsibility and choice. I create the life I want and if I create something I later discover I don’t want, I have the option to dis-create it. Yup, dis-create is my made-up word . . . and I like it.

There will always be events for which I have no control . . . like an earthquake, AND I can still have responsibility for how I move forward. That’s what responsibility means . . . the ability to respond. I learned that from my business coach and it opened up a whole new area of my heart. :)

If my house were to be destroyed, I could stand and cry, or I could find my pets, dig through the rubble for what is important to me and find a place to rest my head. If an earthquake happens and my house is intact, I can remain un-dramatic about the event and be of more help to others who were affected.

Intention will create a journey of self-discovery and a deeper understanding of the world around you.

I have a dream . . . it’s really HUGE. I dream that one day, when everyone is living a life of intention and feels centered and happy with their choices, there will be world peace . . . finally!

I live my dream by first providing clients with an adornment that resonates their intention and anchors them to their intention and assists them in living that intention.

Additionally, I provide an opportunity for people to learn an art form that creates healing, centering, discovery and the possibility of a new adventure.

How can I support you today? What assistance may I provide for your trajectory? Are you feeling challenged in some way and desire an adornment that will help you to refocus daily?

Are you searching for an outlet for the ideas in your head? Does your soul yearn to bring more beauty to the world?

Poke around my site to learn more about me. Join my mailing list and get my free e-book, “Abraca . . . Get Real” – look to your right for the box to sign-up. Contact me, and tell me about your path. Post it here . . .?

Much love and light,

Delia

PS. I do believe in magyk . . . Intention + action = super cool result. And I do believe in the energy and spirit of Santa and Fairies :)

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Why I Won’t Make The “Energy” chop Again . . .

IMG_4895I recently had the opportunity to watch a snippet of video from a conference in Costa Rica – “Awesomefest 2010”. Wish’d I’d known about it. http://bit.ly/1pFhD4K

The section I saw was a presentation by Christie Marie Sheldon, Love or Above. She is an Energy Healer. She was talking about “energy blocks”.

In summary, she speaks to the idea that our “points of view create our reality”. I happen to support this idea. And I bet, if you really think about it, you would too.

Every thought and action carries with it an energy. It can have a negative effect or a positive effect . . . an outcome we appreciate or an outcome we were not really expecting. That’s why I believe that we want to be conscious of what we speak, as well as what we do. Generally what we speak is what we mean and best to make it positive. I’m sure you’ve heard people say things like, ‘careful what you pray for’ ? Our spoken words are like a prayer…a spell…a stated intention.

I found this definition, which I thought was kinda fitting.

Energy – in physics, this is an indirectly observed quantity often understood as the ability of a physical system to do work on other physical systems.[1][2] Since work is defined as a force acting through a distance (a length of space), energy is always equivalent to the ability to exert pulls or pushes against the basic forces of nature, along a path of a certain length.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outline_of_energy

I know there are a lot of words there. Here’s how it fits, perhaps, metaphysically or spiritually speaking.

Dr. Masaru Emoto, is a graduate of the Yokohama Municipal University’s department of humanities and sciences, with a focus on International Relations.

In 1992, he received certification in Alternative Medicine and was introduced to the concept of micro cluster water in the US and Magnetic Resonance Analysis technology. He then began to research and discover the “mystery” of water.

The research was performed on frozen water and then slices were put under a microscope. Below is a very brief summary of his work from his website:

“The result was that we always observed beautiful crystals after giving good words, playing good music, and showing, playing, or offering pure prayer to water. On the other hand, we observed disfigured crystals in the opposite situation. Moreover, we never observed identical crystals.” http://bit.ly/1pfwnZ8

DrEmotoI can’t take credit for this find, it came from the Sheldon video. I was inspired to look up Dr. Emoto and his research. My initial thought was how, growing up, we learned that talking to plants made a difference in how they grew. As I got older, I never looked it up and had believed it to be a myth. Now I’m not so sure. I believe Dr. Emoto’s research demonstrates that various types of energy in motion have effect.

YO! Delia! The chop? What about the “Energy” chop.

OH! Yeah! Here’s why I won’t make it again. It’s too broad and has the potential to be charged negatively, by the unconscious wearer. I think it is best to encourage the Lover of Lovelies to adorn with a more specific intention, like “Love”, or “Courage”.  Just that simple.

I believe that adornment needs to always draw beautifully and “speak” beautifully.  While beauty is always in the eyes of the beholder, we know that hate in any form is never beautiful – even to the beholder.

In the video, Sheldon also goes further to explain, in her view, how one person can make a difference in the world energetically – really – backed by facts. I was impressed, supportive and inspired to do more research. Look up the “Maharishi Effect”. If you are older and have forgotten, you’ll find it interesting. If you are younger and never heard of it, you’ll find it stunning.

I’ve been working on my own thinking related to possibility vs. what I hallucinate cannot occur. It’s been an interesting journey. Pondering the words I use and the way I think and where it comes from and how long I’ve been thinking particular ways, about particular things.

Have something to share about energy and people and thoughts and intention and people and adornment? Make a comment below, or submit a guest post.  I promise you’ll get all the credit! Do it!  Right now!

Much Love and light

Delia

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Inside and Out – Make-up Adornment

HUZZAH!  Lovers of Lovelies.

In the spirit of Adornment with Meaning, I offer up a couple of video links.  The first was shared with me by my friend, Lindsay and the other I found, just poking around (oh those interweb rabbit holes). Also *warning, strong language* – if “F” words might be offensive to you, please don’t watch – honest.  It’s not my intent to offend anyone, and I can see how a few curse words fit in to the presentations.

I give no further introduction :)

http://bit.ly/1nVjROS

http://bit.ly/WO5JvV

I love them both so much! Presented in both, IMHO, is the idea of how we women present ourselves in public and what do our choices mean or say about us – in a tongue and cheek sort of way and satyrical.  Then there is the idea that, our presentation says nothing about us really and why should we care?

minionshirtAs I have gotten older and have no longer felt compelled to wear make-up or dress a certain way, I have carried that latter idea around like a badge of honor.

In recent years, as a business owner and teacher, no longer in my house or studio 24/7, I’ve come to realize that this may not be my wisest choice any more.  If I showed up in a classroom in sweats and a “Property of Vegas” shirt, I understand it might be difficult to take me seriously.  Purple hair and a Minion shirt are a stretch.

I talk about this in my “Abraca . . . Get Real” eBook – in the section on Adornment. I had come to realize that the way in which I was dressing, was a reflection of how I was feeling on the inside.  Weather it was protest at social convention or depression – how I was dressing had an impact on my energy and how I presented myself to the world.

I do wear a lot of leggings, instead of sweat pants and they are usually the hand painted ones created by my friend Morgan or hand dyed, by my friend Nick.  The t-shirts I wear are either art-shirts from Moira, Jorge or Peggy. There is the occasional Minion shirt as I mentioned and my other fav is “I’m Here, Now what Are Your Other Three Wishes” . . . and of course there is the purple hair. My jewelry – hand made by either myself or my  friend and work-wife Suzanne.

Why?  Because I like them and they represent my personality. What does it say to people? The things I adorn myself with, tell you that I make an effort not to take life too seriously and that I have a sense of whimsy. It also indicates that I have little interest in the name GUCCI on my things – or any other designer. Some of those adornments are really pretty, but I am not about representing them, I’m about representing me.

Adornment is also a community creator. People feel a certain way around me and are more at ease having conversation.  Most often a good Minion shirt is a great conversation starter and I frequently have conversations around “Is that purple in your hair?  Cool” and risk taking :)

Adornment attracts the people I want to play with.

So what are you wearing today? Khakis and a red shirt… bwahahahahaha

OH! If you want a copy of my “Abraca…Get Real” eBook, just sign up for my newsletter – look to your right.  There are a couple of hoops to jump through, and I think you might enjoy it.  If you are already receiving my newsletter, drop me a line and I’ll see to it that you get a copy.

My newsletter is sent (usually) weekly :).  I share a link to this blog, upcoming teaching dates; news of Crafted where I sell my work; work in progress/coming into the store, and sometimes a good joke – most often a bad one :)

Much Love and Light!

Delia

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Discussions on Adornment

Here are some excerpts from Facebook postings . . . on the topic of  . . . what else . . . adornment:

Phoenix Magyk
July 9
“I’d love to have a discussion . . . wanna play? Post a response to this question here. What does adornment (of any kind: clothes; hair; make-up/no make-up; tattoos; jewelry; cars; house; furniture . . .) mean for you? Ready . . . set . . . GO!”

Jen: “It use to mean personal identity to the observer but with age it’s come to be a physical reminder to myself of that inner identity.

Susan: “I hear or see “adornment” and think jewelry or other accessories … for a person or perhaps a space, but mostly the former”

Marci: “To accessorize- and to accessorize is to express myself! I go through phases- sometimes I get attached to something and wear it out, literally. But, I’m always trying to change it up. My adornments change as I evolve.”

Pete: “For me adornment is an extension of who I am putting myself out to the world as. I take the time to dress in the style and color of who I want to be when I get to where I am going and that is who I am”

Kelly: “I’m serious when I say my shoes speak about me. I love high heels especially RED. they remind me of feeling feminine and FIERCE”

Suzanne: “Expression of an inner feeling. . . . Adornment helps me communicate my mood, esteem, and personal presence.

Samuel: “The pieces I wear are specifically – and exhaustively – chosen and/or designed to manifest intent and focus the universe’s energies. I most often use Tanzanite, Amazonite and various tourmalines. The design and structure of the settings for them are particularly important in maximizing those energetic properties. Loose stones can be used in direct contact or elixirs. OTOH, my practical, grounded criminal defense attorney wife would just say that they’re pretty.”

HMichelle: “For 20 years of my life I dressed out of necessity. I couldn’t find clothing in my size that expressed who I was. When I turned 40 I found out about art-to-wear and handmade jewelry. So now I dress to empower myself, express myself and just have fun.”

Beverly: “My Daddy told me I don’t need diamonds or thing to adornment me that I’m a natural jewel lol”
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Posted 7/19  “I wear a touchstone/talisman, everyday. It isn’t always my intention vessel or another piece of jewelry. Truth be known, I rarely wear my own work…..because it is meant for you – whoever you are, when we find each other. . And I always wear some sort of adornment that anchors me to my intentions. Today’s piece is a bandana I bought from a woman I met on the corner. She was selling them for $3. I bought three and shoved $20 in her hand….she protested. I tried to convince her to up her game and buy some beads and see them on the bandanas, telling her, she’d be able to sell them for more. I raced home and grabbed a box of gear I had and raced back – but she was gone. I felt altered….. grateful… warmed and also aware of where I could end up, if I abandoned my path. I always seem to have a suggestion for folk to up their game…. expand…. be more than we think we are, because when we withhold our light, the world is darker. Today I wear my purple bandana to remind me to expand…not dim my light….to always share who I am. To remind myself that the work I do is valuable ….it’s part of the circle. If I were not doing what I do, I would not have been at the bank that day and I would not have gotten my scarf, that altered my life that day. I wish for the opportunity to run into her again and tell her of her impact – and also give her the box of beads I’m carrying in the car. She is part of the circle…..we are all part of this huge amorphous circle, interconnected….capable of world peace and peace in our homes. I have two questions for you today: what adornment to you wear today as your reminder and in what way will you shine….? Love y’all….really”
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Susanna “Wearing an old silver Madonna today, bought in a scratty flea market in Valencia on a trip with my Mom and my son just after she’d been diagnosed with cancer and wanted one last family holiday. That was 8 years ago and she is cancer free. Still love being a daughter and a mother and letting that love light shine. Feeling yours too, Delia”

Denise “I have always thought of my jewelry in this way, mostly including gemstones. I have rarely heard anyone else speak of this. Just liked your page. Thanks…”
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Much Love and light Lovers of Lovelies -Delia

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